Italian Pierogi

Italian Pierogi

Pierogi are a semicircular Polish dumpling usually stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese or fruit.  The most common filling here in the States is mashed potatoes with cheese.  The dough is similar to pastry dough and is made with flour...
Crispy Baked Zucchini

Crispy Baked Zucchini

I am always looking for healthier options for my family, but I love the crispiness that comes with deep fried foods.  I’ve found that a great way to get that crispy texture while baking is through Japanese Panko bread crumbs.  These crispy baked...
Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut

I grew up eating a lot of sauerkraut.  My favorite is probably sauerkraut with apples and pork chops, although I also love to saute some and serve it on my beer boiled, then grilled brats.  However, it’s one thing I was always a little hesitant to make...

Couve a Mineira

Couve a Mineira is a side dish of garlic kale or collard greens that is commonly served in Brazil during Christmas dinner.  I like kale better than collard greens, so we went with the kale.  I’ve seen this recipe done both ways.  It makes a nice...
Rosemary Butternut Squash and Potatoes

Rosemary Butternut Squash and Potatoes

This is a very simple and yummy go-to recipe for holidays, family gatherings, pot-lucks or just a night at home when baked potatoes just aren’t going to cut it.  I originally found this recipe in a slow-cooker recipe book, but I’ve found that I like...
Midweek Fried Rice

Midweek Fried Rice

I call this Midweek Fried Rice because it’s just thrown together with whatever I happen to have in the fridge, pantry or freezer.  In this case, I used a frozen Italian vegetable mix that I happened to have on-hand with snow peas, lima beans, zucchini,...

Picky Eater Proof Brussels Sprouts

  Most kids and quite a few parents will be quick to tell you that they do not like Brussels sprouts.  Before culinary school, I would have also told you that I couldn’t stand them.  I had tried them on many occasions, each time...
Apple Fries

Apple Fries

My son loves french fries. It has gotten to the point where he has a temper tantrum when we go out to eat and he sees someone else eating them and he doesn’t have any. So, when we had a play date coming up and I knew the other kids would have Happy Meals, I...